submit

33. Braunschweig International Film Festival

From Nov. 19, 2019 until Nov. 24, 2019

Regulations

The following is a full listing of all current rules and regulations governing the submission of a film (hereafter called »the film«) to the 33
Braunschweig International Film Festival organized by the non-profit association Internationales filmfest Braunschweig e.V. (hereafter
called »the festival«).
The person submitting the film (hereafter called the »submitter«) acknowledges that he or she has obtained consent from any and all
owners, creators, writers, producers and/or other authorized representatives of the film and understands that by submitting the film to
the festival he or she confirms that he or she has read and agreed to all rules and regulations set forth below:

I. General Rules and Regulations

§ 1 Runtime and genre
For short films a runtime of less than 15 minutes and for all feature films or documentaries a running time of at least 70
minutes is required. Submission is open to all film genres and no limitations are set on content.

§ 2 General requirements
The film must not have been theatrically released, broadcasted on television in Germany or be available to purchase as
DVD, BluRay or stream and must be completed no earlier than January 1, 2018. German premieres and films from the
year 2019 will be first choice.

§ 3 Submission
To finalize the film‘s submission the submitter must ensure that the festival has received both a
completely filled-in online entry form as well as a working screener with German or English subtitles if the film‘s
language is not German. A comletely filled-in online form. It is the submitter’s sole responsibility that all the required information is included as reuested by these rules and regulations. Both an incomplete submission as well as a non-working screener may lead to the disqualification of the submitted film.

§ 4 Additional required information:
• synopsis/summary (500 characters) which may be used in the official catalogue plus any production notes and other
festival screenings (if any)
• Director‘s filmography
• a digital head shot of the director
• at least three film stills, suitable for printing (data with 300 dpi with a size of at least 8 x 10 cm. Webadjusted data is not
suitable.)

§ 5 Screener
The submitter provides at least one screener - either online or as DVD (then 3 DVDs) - to the festival. The festival may hand
the screeners to a third party for organizational or programming reasons. By submitting the film the submitter permits
the festival to do so. To submit the film the submitter has to provide to the festival a screener no later than 14 days after
submitting the film.

§ 6 Language, subtitling
The film is required to have preferably German subtitles if the original language is not German. English subtitles will also
be accepted.The festival may produce German subtitles for projection copies at the festival‘s expense, especially in the
case of films selected for the competition. In order to produce the subtitle copy for the festival screening the festival has
the permission to copy the film file and to add subtitles. The submitter is not entitled to receive the copy. However, both
parties may negotiate the hand over. If neither the submitter nor any of the distrubition right‘s owners voice an interest in
obtaining the copy until two weeks after the festival the copy will be destroyed.

§ 7 Exhibition format
The festival accepts digital video (DCP, DVD, ProRes, BluRay disc) and 35 mm. However, DCP is preferred.

§ 8 Projection copy
The film‘s projection copy must arrive in Braunschweig by November 1, 2019 and will remain in Braunschweig until the
end of the festival (November 25, 2019). The transport cost for the projection copy is assumed by the submitter. The cost
for returning the projection copy is assumed by the festival. The projection copy‘s transport to Braunschweig occurs at
the submitter‘s own risk. The projection copy is insured at the copy‘s value while in Braunschweig as well as for the return
transport after the festival. Damage claims must be submitted no later than 14 days after return. In case of damage the material costs for the copy will be refunded after presentation of the bill and at the value in the land of origin. A refund based
on non-material value is excluded.

§ 9 Additional material
The submitter will provide the festival with sufficient PR material (pictures, posters, press kits etc.). The transport cost for
advertising and press material is assumed by the contributor.

§ 10 Participation notification
If you do not receive a response by October 8, 2019 your film has not been selected for this year‘s festival. Due to the high
number of annual submissions we may not have the resources to inform every submitter.

§ 11 Return of DVDs
Preview material can only be returned if a sufficiently prepaid envelope valid for German postage with a return address is
enclosed.

§ 12 Submission Fee
Due to rising numbers in submissions the festival raises submission fees to cover administrative costs as follows below. The
festival grants no refunds. Prices only apply for the festival‘s own submission service. Submission prices and deadlines via
other platforms may differ.

a) feature films
8:00 am(CET) March 15 till 11:59 pm(CET) March 31, 2019 Early Bird 30€
0:00 am(CET) April 1 till 11:59 pm((CET) June 30, 2019 Regular Deadline 35€
0:00 am(CET) July 28, 2019 till 11:59 pm(CET) July 27, 2019 Final Call 45€

b) short films
8:00 am(CET) March 8 till 11:59 pm(CET) March 31, 2019 Early Bird 15€
0:00 am(CET) April 1 till 11:59 pm((CET) May 31, 2019 Regular Deadline 20€
0:00 am(CET) June 1 till 11:59 pm(CET) June 30, 2019 Final Call 30€

§ 13 Validity
The regulations are valid exclusively for the 33. Braunschweig International Film Festival. Legal recourse is precluded.
The festival may decide solely upon any case not included within the stated rules and regulations. Films participating in
any competition have no legal claim to win.

§ 14 Data protection and privacy
The festival attaches great importance to the protection of personal data and commits itself to compliance with the legal
requirements related to data protection. In order to submit a film it is necessary to collect, store and use personal
information.
Customer data are all personal and contact information which you supply voluntarily. Your contact information are: your
name, address, activities/work, telephone and fax numbers, and email address. You can at any time inform Internationales
Filmfest Braunschweig e.V., Neue Straße 8, 38100 Braunschweig of your decision to revoke the consent to store and use
your personal data with effect for the future.

Contact
Braunschweig International Film Festival
SUBMISSION
Neue Straße 8
38100 Braunschweig
Germany
fon +49 (0) 531 - 702 202-0
fax +49 (0) 531 - 702 202-99
submission@filmfest-braunschweig.de

II. Film Sections and Competitions

A. Feature Films

§ 1 General Information
Films may be submitted to more than one section. The festival direction reserves the right to assign submitted films to
other sections within the festival curation as well as to not select submitted films for the festival.

§ 2 Film sections
Feature films may be entered to the following sections directly:

(1) Competition (see also C.)
Open to first and second feature films of European origin. The director must live and work in Europe or the film must be
produced in Europe. The minimum runtime is 70 minutes. There are no limitations on content or genre. However, documentaries are excluded from participation. The film must not have been theatrically released, broadcasted on television in
Germany or be available to purchase as DVD, BluRay or stream. German premieres and films from the year 2019 will be first
choice.

(2) Competition for the German-French Youth Jury Award »KINEMA« (see also E.)
Open to first and second feature films, which have been produced for theatrical distribution (no TV productions) in either
French or German language, compete for the award.The minimum runtime is 70 minutes. There are no limitations on content or genre. However, documentaries are excluded from participation. The film must not have been theatrically released,
broadcasted on television in Germany or be available to purchase as DVD, BluRay or stream. German premieres and films
from the year 2019 will be first choice.

(3) »HOME MATCH« (see also J.)
Open to all feature films from Braunschweig and the region. The minimum runtime is 50 minutes. There are no limitations
on content or genre. Open to documentaries. The film must not have been theatrically released, broadcasted on television
in Germany or be available to purchase as DVD, BluRay or stream. German premieres and films from the year 2019 will be
first choice.

(4) »General Feature Film submission«
Open to all films. The minimum runtime is 70 minutes. There are no limitations on content or genre. Open to documentaries. The film must not have been theatrically released, broadcasted on television in Germany or be available to purchase as
DVD, BluRay or stream. German premieres and films from the year 2019 will be first choice. Depending on the origin, language and content the festival will assign submissions to the sections »BEYOND«, »New German Films«, »New International
Cinema«, »Green Horizons« and/or »Sound on Screen«, »Que*rama« as well as to annualy changing theme sections.

§ 3 Awards
The festival awards the following prizes
- Audience Award »DER HEINRICH« (see also C.)
- Jury Award »VOLKSWAGEN FINANCIAL SERVICES FILMPREIS« (see also D.)
- German-French Youth Jury Award »KINEMA« (see also E.)
- »Queerer Filmpreis Niedersachsen« within the section »Que*rama« (see also F.)
- »Braunschweiger Filmpreis« for a German speaking newcomer actor/actress (see also G.)
- Women‘s Film Award for a newcomer female director within all sections for women from women (see also H.)
- »GREEN HORIZONS AWARD« within the section »GREEN HORIZONS« (see also I.)
- »Braunschweiger Heimspiel Filmpreis« within the section »HOME MATCH« (see also J.)

The festival direction reserves the right to amend the number as well as the conditions of awards according to agreements
with partners, sponsors and patrons. The selection and participation of a film for the current festival edition does not
instantly entail the nomination for any or all of the awards mentioned above.

B. Short Films

§ 1 General Information
Films may be submitted to more than one section. The festival direction reserves the right to assign su
other sections within the festival curation as well as to not select submitted films for the festival.

§ 2 Film sections
Short film submissions may be submitted to the following sections:

(1) »General short film submissions«
Open to all short films. The maximum runtime is 15 minutes. Open to documentaries. German premier
year 2019 will be first choice.

(2) »HOME MATCH«
Open to all films from Braunschweig and the region. The maximum runtime is 49 minutes. There are no
content or genre. Open to documentaries. German premieres and films from the year 2019 will be first choice.

C. Audience Award »DER HEINRICH« within the Competition

§ 1 The Competition
The festival organizes the competition and awards the Audience Award»DER HEINRICH«. A prize of EUR 10,000 is awarded
as result of the audience vote. The prize is equally divided between the director and the German distributor (or production company on condition that the winning film at the time of the award has not been distributed in Germany and that
the German distribution rights will not be sold in the foreseeable future). The distribution share is bound to distribution
measures on the German market.

§ 2 Participation And Submissions
Open to first and second feature films of European origin. The director must live and work in Europe or the film must be
produced in Europe. The minimum running time is 70 minutes. There are no limitations on content or genre. However, documentaries are excluded from participation. The film must not have been theatrically released, broadcasted on television
in Germany or be available to purchase as DVD, BluRay or stream. German premieres and films from the year 2019 will be
first choice.

§ 3 Film Selection
The festival will form a selection committee, which will nominate 10 films for the competition. German premieres and films
from the year 2019 will be first choice.

§ 4 Presentation and Presence of Film Team
All films taking part in the competition will be shown thrice. Further screenings out of competition are possible. The festival
reserves the right to repeat the winning film. Every competition film has to be introduced by at least one member of the
film team (director, producer, actor). The presence of the guests is also expected at the award ceremony. Travel and hotel
costs will be assumed in the usual manner by the festival (all bookings will be effectuated by the festival).

§ 5 The Winning Film
The audience ballots determine the winner.

§ 6 Waiver of Film Rental
Rental costs will not be paid for any selected competition film. The festival, however, assumes all expenses related to the
realization of the competition, including guest invitation and guest travelling and accommodation expenses.

§ 7 Language, subtitling
The film is required to have preferably German subtitles if the original language is not German. English subtitles will also be
accepted.The festival may produce German subtitles for projection copies at the festival‘s expense. In order to produce the
subtitle copy for the festival screening the festival has the permission to copy the film file and to add subtitles. The submitter provides the festival with the necessary files to produce the subtitles such as a DKDM and ensures that the festival has
all the required permissions without charge. The submitter is not entitled to receive the copy. However, both parties may
negotiate the hand over. If neither the submitter nor any of the distrubition right‘s owners voice an interest in obtaining
the copy until two weeks after the festival the copy will be destroyed.

D. »VOLKSWAGEN FINANCIAL SERVICES FILMPREIS«

§ 1 The Competition
The festival organizes the competition and awards the Jury Award »VOLKSWAGEN FINANCIAL SERVICES FILMPREIS«. A prize
of EUR 10,000 is awarded to the director.

§ 2 Participation And Submissions
Open to first and second feature films of European origin. The director must live and work in Europe or the film must be
produced in Europe. The minimum running time is 70 minutes. There are no limitations on content or genre. However, documentaries are excluded from participation. The film must not have been theatrically released, broadcasted on television
in Germany or be available to purchase as DVD, BluRay or stream. German premieres and films from the year 2019 will be
first choice.

§ 3 Film Selection
The festival will form a selection committee, which will nominate 10 films for the competition. German premieres and films
from the year 2019 will be first choice.

§ 4 Presentation and Presence of Film Team
All films taking part in the competition will be shown trice. Further screenings out of competition are possible. The festival
reserves the right to repeat the winning film. Every competition film has to be introduced by at least one member of the
film team (director, producer, actor). The presence of the guests is also expected at the award ceremony. Travel and hotel
costs will be assumed in the usual manner by the festival (all bookings will be effectuated by the festival).

§ 5 The Winning Film
The competition‘s jury will decide the winner. The festival appoints the jury.

§ 6 Waiver of Film Rental
Rental costs will not be paid for any selected competition film. The festival, however, assumes all expenses related to the
realization of the competition, including guest invitation and guest travelling and accommodation expenses.

§ 7 Language, subtitling
The film is required to have preferably German subtitles if the original language is not German. English subtitles will also be
accepted.The festival may produce German subtitles for projection copies at the festival‘s expense. In order to produce the
subtitle copy for the festival screening the festival has the permission to copy the film file and to add subtitles. The submitter provides the festival with the necessary files to produce the subtitles such as a DKDM and ensures that the festival has
all the required permissions without charge. The submitter is not entitled to receive the copy. However, both parties may
negotiate the hand over. If neither the submitter nor any of the distrubition right‘s owners voice an interest in obtaining
the copy until two weeks after the festival the copy will be destroyed.

E. German-French Youth Jury Award »KINEMA«

§ 1 Award‘s aim
The festival organizes the competition for the German-French Youth Award »KINEMA«. On the basis of a youth jury decision
a prize of EUR 2,000 is awarded for high artistic quality to the director.

§ 2 The award‘s aim
• to enable a dialogue within the framework of a festival between young German and French people who are interested in films
• to promote the mutual interest in foreign film culture
• to support young directors and engage them in the dialogue between young German and French people
• to give effective publicity to the German-French exchange between Lower Saxony and Normandie

§ 3 Participation and Submission
6 first and second films, which have been produced as feature films for theatrical distribution (no TV productions) in either
French or German, compete for the award. Films with a minimum duration of 70 minutes are taken into consideration. No
limitations are set on genre or content. However, documentaries are excluded from participation. The film must not have
been theatrically released, broadcasted on television in Germany or be available to purchase as DVD, BluRay or stream.
German premieres and films from the year 2019 will be first choice.

§ 4 Film Selection
The festival appoints a selection committee which nominates 6 films for the competition.

§ 5 Presentation and Presence of Film Team
All films taking part in the competition will be shown at least twice. Further screenings out of competition are possible. The
festival reserves the right to repeat the winning film. Every competition film has to be introduced by at least one member
of the film team (director, producer, actor). The presence of the guests is also expected at the award ceremony. Travel and
hotel costs will be assumed in the usual manner by the festival (all bookings will be effectuated by the festival).

§ 6 The Winning Film
The festival appoints a jury consisting of young adults aged 16 to 23 from Germany and France. The jury will begin their
duty with a
preliminary by a film scholar or film director, who will also head the jury without a voting right. The competition‘s jury will
decide the winner.

§ 7 Waiver of Film Rental
Rental costs will not be paid for any selected competition film. The festival, however, assumes all expenses related to the
realization of the competition, including guest invitation and guest travelling and lodging expenses.

§ 8 Language, subtitling
The film is required to have either German subtitles if the original language is French or French subtitles if the original
language is German.. English subtitles will also be accepted.The festival may produce German/French subtitles for projection copies at the festival‘s expense. In order to produce the subtitle copy for the festival screening the festival has the
permission to copy the film file and to add subtitles. The submitter provides the festival with the necessary files to produce
the subtitles such as a DKDM and ensures that the festival has all the required permissions without charge. The submitter
is not entitled to receive the copy. However, both parties may negotiate the hand over. If neither the submitter nor any of
the distrubition right‘s owners voice an interest in obtaining the copy until two weeks after the festival the copy will be
destroyed.

F. »Queerer Filmpreis Niedersachsen«

§ 1 The Competition
The festival awards »Queerer Filmpreis Niedersachsen« within the section »Que*rama«. A prize is awarded as result of a jury
decision. The prize is equally divided between the director and the German distributor (or production company on condition that the winning film at the time of the award has not been distributed in Germany and that the German distribution
rights will not be sold in the foreseeable future).

§ 2 Participation And Submissions
Open to all international feature films. The minimum running time is 70 minutes with LGBTQI* reference. The film must
not have been theatrically released, broadcasted on television in Germany or be available to purchase as DVD, BluRay or
stream. German premieres and films from the year 2019 will be first choice.

§ 3 Film Selection
The festival will form a selection committee, which will nominate 6 films.

§ 4 Presentation and Presence of Film Team
All films taking part in the competition will be shown at least once. Further screenings out of competition are possible. The
festival reserves the right to repeat the winning film. Every competition film has to be introduced by at least one member
of the film team (director, producer, actor). The presence of the guests is also expected at the award ceremony. Travel and
hotel costs will be assumed in the usual manner by the festival (all bookings will be effectuated by the festival).

§ 5 The Winning Film
The competition‘s jury will decide the winner. The festival appoints the jury.

§ 6 Waiver of Film Rental
Rental costs will not be paid for any selected competition film. The festival, however, assumes all expenses related to the
realization of the competition, including guest invitation and guest travelling and lodging expenses.

§ 7 Language, subtitling
The film is required to have preferably German subtitles if the original language is not German. English subtitles will also be
accepted.The festival may produce German subtitles for projection copies at the festival‘s expense. In order to produce the
subtitle copy for the festival screening the festival has the permission to copy the film file and to add subtitles. The submitter provides the festival with the necessary files to produce the subtitles such as a DKDM and ensures that the festival has
all the required permissions without charge. The submitter is not entitled to receive the copy. However, both parties may
negotiate the hand over. If neither the submitter nor any of the distrubition right‘s owners voice an interest in obtaining
the copy until two weeks after the festival the copy will be destroyed.

G. »Braunschweiger Filmpreis«

§ 1 The Competition
The festival awards the »Braunschweiger Filmpreis« to the best German speaking Newcomer actor/actress. A prize of EUR
3,000 is awarded as result of the jury decision.

§ 2 Selection
The festival will form a selection committee, which will nominate up to 10 German speaking Newcomer actor/actress.

§ 3 The Winner
The festival appoints the jury that will vote and award the winner.

H. Women‘s Film Award

§ 1 The Competition
The festival awards the »Frauenfilmpreis« to the best female Newcomer director in all sections for women from women.
A prize of at least EUR 3,000 is awarded as result of the jury decision.

§ 2 Selection
The festival will form a selection committee, which will nominate up to 10 female Newcomer directors.

§ 3 The Winner
The festival appoints the jury that will vote and award the winner.

I. »GREEN HORIZONS AWARD«

§ 1 The Competition
The festival awards the »GREEN HORIZONS AWARD« within the section »GREEN HORIZONS«. A prize of EUR 2,500 is awarded as result of a jury decision. The prize is awarded to the director.

§ 2 Participation And Submissions
Open to all international feature films. The minimum running time is 70 minutes with a reference to sustainability. The film
must not have been theatrically released, broadcasted on television in Germany or be available to purchase as DVD, BluRay
or stream. German premieres and films from the year 2019 will be first choice.

§ 3 Film Selection
The festival will form a selection committee, which will nominate 6 films.

§ 4 Presentation and Presence of Film Team
All films taking part in the competition will be shown at least once. Further screenings out of competition are possible. The
festival reserves the right to repeat the winning film. Every competition film has to be introduced by at least one member
of the film team (director, producer, actor). The presence of the guests is also expected at the award ceremony. Travel and
hotel costs will be assumed in the usual manner by the festival (all bookings will be effectuated by the festival).

§ 5 The Winning Film
The competition‘s jury will decide the winner. The festival appoints the jury.

§ 6 Waiver of Film Rental
Rental costs will not be paid for any selected competition film. The festival, however, assumes all expenses related to the
realization of the competition, including guest invitation and guest travelling and lodging expenses.

§ 7 Language, subtitling
The film is required to have preferably German subtitles if the original language is not German. English subtitles will also be
accepted.The festival may produce German subtitles for projection copies at the festival‘s expense. In order to produce the
subtitle copy for the festival screening the festival has the permission to copy the film file and to add subtitles. The submitter provides the festival with the necessary files to produce the subtitles such as a DKDM and ensures that the festival has
all the required permissions without charge. The submitter is not entitled to receive the copy. However, both parties may
negotiate the hand over. If neither the submitter nor any of the distribution right‘s owners voice an interest in obtaining
the copy until two weeks after the festival the copy will be destroyed.

J. »Braunschweiger Heimspiel Filmpreis«

§ 1 The Competition
The festival organizes the competition and awards »Braunschweiger Heimspiel Filmpreis« within the section »HOME
MATCH«. A prize of EUR 1,000 is awarded as result of the jury decision. The prize is awarded to the director of the best feature film with a minimum runtime of 50 minutes from the region of Braunschweig.

§ 2 Participation And Submissions
Open to all regional feature films. The minimum running time is 50 minutes.
Regional films are defined by either characteristics:
a. made by a filmmaker from the region of Braunschweig
b. made by a alumnus/a from one of the regional academies
c. produced in the region Braunschweig
d. filmed in the region Braunschweig
e. reference to the region Braunschweig, its historic events, people or places.
There are no limitations on content or genre. The film must not have been theatrically released, broadcasted on television
in Germany or be available to purchase as DVD, BluRay or stream. German premieres and films from the year 2019 will be
first choice.

§ 3 Film Selection
Films selcted to run in the section »HOME MATCH« are not necessarily nominated for the award »Braunschweiger Heimspiel Filmpreis«. The festival will form a selection committee, which will nominate 4 to10 films for the competition depending on the quality of submissions.

§ 4 Presentation and Presence of Film Team
All films taking part in the competition will be shown once. Further screenings out of competition are possible. The festival
reserves the right to repeat the winning film. Every competition film has to be introduced by at least one member of the
film team (director, producer, actor). The presence of the guests is also expected at the award ceremony. Travel and hotel
costs will be assumed in the usual manner by the festival (all bookings will be effectuated by the festival).

§ 5 The Winning Film
The competition‘s jury will decide the winner. The festival appoints the jury.

§ 6 Waiver of Film Rental
Rental costs will not be paid for any selected competition film. The festival, however, assumes all expenses related to the
realization of the competition, including guest invitation and guest travelling and lodging expenses.

§ 7 Language, subtitling
The film is required to have preferably German subtitles if the original language is not German. English subtitles will also be
accepted.The festival may produce German subtitles for projection copies at the festival‘s expense. In order to produce the
subtitle copy for the festival screening the festival has the permission to copy the film file and to add subtitles. The submitter provides the festival with the necessary files to produce the subtitles such as a DKDM and ensures that the festival has
all the required permissions without charge. The submitter is not entitled to receive the copy. However, both parties may
negotiate the hand over. If neither the submitter nor any of the distrubition right‘s owners voice an interest in obtaining
the copy until two weeks after the festival the copy will be destroyed.

Attachments

Short Films - General

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.

Short Films - Home Match

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.

Feature Films

Currently, there is no open submission period for this competition.

About

This Festival was founded in 1986

Founded in 1986, the filmfest is the oldest festival in Lower Saxony, Germany. Started by a handful of cinema enthusiasts it has developed into an audience festival for 25,000 visitors. Around 280 film industry professionals – filmmakers, actors, producers, composers, press – attend the festival to see about 170 full-length and short films on six screens. Since 2009 the festival operates its own cinema, the UNIVERSUM Filmtheater, with two screens for 87 and 207 seats.
Programme

Young European cinema of the highest standard is one of the trademarks of Braunschweig Int’l filmfest. “Music & Film” is Braunschweig’s second focal point, drawing attention to the sound of the moving images. International premières, cinéma d’auteurs, film concerts, retrospectives, tributes and four awards round off the filmfest’s profile, giving the audience and the press ample scope for new discoveries.

Braunschweig Int’l filmfest devotes itself to a long neglected aspect of cinema history and culture: the close relationship between film and music. Since 2002 we have invited famous film composers to present a selection of their films and talk about their work in a music master class. In cooperation with the Braunschweig State Orchestra, one of the oldest orchestras of the world, filmfest also showcases film concerts with new compositions.

Address

Braunscchweig International Film Festival
Neue Straße 8
38100 Braunschweig
Germany